The Weill Cornell first-year medical class just finished anatomy and held a memorial ceremony (read about ours here) for the donors who gave their bodies to medical science. At Cornell’s ceremony, the families of the donors were in attendance.
“I had no idea what today would be like because 34 years ago, when I was a medical student, we didn’t have anything like this,” said Dr. Joanne Jordan, the daughter of a donor. “I would like to thank you very much for calling my dad a donor and not some other words that are inanimate — thank you for recognizing that they are people,” she told students. Because donors are preserved for medical science, families do not get to experience the mourning process of a funeral and burial. Several family members said the memorial service provided a sense of closure.